Vanderbilt, Pennsylvania

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Vanderbilt is a borough in Fayette County, Pennsylvania, United States. The population was 553 at the 2000 census. The town is named for the railroad tycoon Cornelius Vanderbilt. It is served by the Connellsville Area School District.

Vanderbilt is the site of a mine fire, although it has not been as destructive as the one in Centralia, Pennsylvania, and has little impact on the small town.



Vanderbilt is located at 40°2′3″N 79°39′50″W / 40.03417°N 79.66389°W / 40.03417; -79.66389 (40.034078, -79.663825)[1].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough has a total area of 0.2 square miles (0.5 km²), all of it land.


As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 553 people, 222 households, and 150 families residing in the borough. The population density was 2,995.9 people per square mile (1,186.2/km²). There were 234 housing units at an average density of 1,267.7/sq mi (501.9/km²). The racial makeup of the borough was 96.56% White and 3.44% African American.

There were 222 households out of which 29.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 52.3% were married couples living together, 13.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.4% were non-families. 27.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.49 and the average family size was 3.07.

In the borough the population was spread out with 23.5% under the age of 18, 9.4% from 18 to 24, 26.8% from 25 to 44, 26.0% from 45 to 64, and 14.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 90.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 88.0 males.

The median income for a household in the borough was $28,125, and the median income for a family was $39,306. Males had a median income of $32,083 versus $17,500 for females. The per capita income for the borough was $14,045. About 9.4% of families and 18.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 19.8% of those under age 18 and 8.9% of those age 65 or over.

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